Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders expressed their support for Obama's order.
Thank you, @POTUS, for taking a crucial step forward on gun violence. Our next president has to build on that progress—not rip it away. -H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 5, 2016
Republicans are clearly more loyal to gun lobbyists than our children. I support @POTUS's executive actions to make our communities safer.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 5, 2016
A vast majority of Americans, including responsible gun owners, agree with the common sense reforms announced today.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 5, 2016
Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina and other Republican presidential candidates tweeted their opposition to Obama's gun control initiative.
NEW VIDEO: I will fight as hard as I can against any effort by Pres. Obama to challenge our 2nd Amendment rights. https://t.co/zdiunpuwDd— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) January 5, 2016
Another lawless, unconstitutional overreach. The 2nd Amendment is an individual right. Mr. President, how about enforcing the laws we have?— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) January 5, 2016
If you give up your liberty for a false sense of security the terrorists win. - RP at NH Primary College Convention pic.twitter.com/CWrA26W7tH— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 5, 2016
Republican senators and congressmen criticized the president, saying his actions were an executive overreach.
President Obama is at it again. Overstepping his constitutional boundaries and bypassing Americans' reps: https://t.co/ClqBixH1Mo— Michael McCaul (@RepMcCaul) January 5, 2016
The president should focus on national security, not politics: https://t.co/ClqBixH1Mo— Michael McCaul (@RepMcCaul) January 5, 2016
Democratic politicians and figures including Gabby Giffords, the former congresswoman who was shot in the head outside a Tucson, Ariz. supermarket in 2011, said Obama's plan was a step forward for the country.
President Obama's executive action on gun control marks a critically needed step forward for our nation. Statement: https://t.co/uyseZgJj7r— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 5, 2016
Gun violence is an epidemic. But day after day, tragedy after tragedy, the GOP has blocked even the smallest steps to #stopgunviolence.— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) January 5, 2016
Pro Gun organizations like the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America argued that Obama's plan would not improve gun safety.
Obama: “Can’t yell fire in a theatre.” Correct, but we don’t put muzzles on moviegoers. #nopriorrestraints— GunOwnersofAmerica (@GunOwners) January 5, 2016
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence tweeted their support for Obama's initiatives.
"Just 'cause it's hard, that's no excuse not to try." -@POTUS— Brady Campaign (@Bradybuzz) January 5, 2016
Celebrities like Amy Schumer tweeted their support of stronger gun control initiatives. Schumer became a spoken advocate of gun control in 2015 after three people were killed in a shooting during a screening of her movie Trainwreck.
Nicole Hockley, mother of Dylan Hockley, one of the victims killed in the Newtown shooting in Dec. 2012, expressed her support for Obama's initiatives.
I don't care that I have to wake up at 3am to catch a flight to DC.Very excited to be part of @POTUS executive actions to curb gun violence!— Nicole Hockley (@NicoleHockley) January 5, 2016
Mark Barden, a father of one of the victims in the Newtown shooting and the person who introduced President Obama at Tuesday's event, expressed his support for the president's initiatives. "Today, the President is doing what is in his power to reduce the unspeakable violence that stole our son from us," Barden wrote. "If we can take just one action that will prevent another child from dying the way he did, then we will do honor to the way he lived his life."